In World War II was there no ground fighting for US troops in Europe at all until D-Day? Was the US fighting Europe at all before that?
When D-Day came was it the first ground action US forces saw in Europe in World War II? Also was the US fighting in Europe at all before D-Day or was it all in Asia before that? I know they declared war on Germany in 1941 but did they not starting fighting until 1944? I know Japan we started right away in 1941.
I heard that D-Day opened the Western Theatre of World War II to the USA which made me think there was no ground action and maybe no US military action at all before that. Thought maybe the declaration was just a symbolic thing in 1941.
- BretLv 66 months agoFavorite Answer
There was ground fighting for nearly two years prior to D-Day for US forces - see Operation Torch and subsequent operations like Husky and Avalanche. Another thing that might be remarkable to you is that GIs first ground contact with the enemy was not with Germans, but with the Vichy French in North Africa. After that, the allies invaded Sicily and then Italy, which turned out not be be as "soft" as they thought and would hold out until the end of the war due to excellent defensive terrain.
- Anonymous6 months ago
the Americans followed the 8 th army all the way up Italy lost many men destroying a Monastery
- Chances68Lv 76 months ago
Well....yes, there were US troops in Europe before the invasion of Normandy.
Italy and Sicily are both considered part of Europe, after all, and both were invaded by the Anglo-American forces prior to Normandy. here were also a small handful of US troops involved at Dieppe, for example, and there were US OSS operatives in France and elsewhere in Europe well ahead of the Normandy invasion.
- JosephLv 76 months ago
The US and British troops landed on the Italian island of Sicily on July 10, 1943, eleven months before Normandy landings. After capturing Sicily the allies, including the US 5th Army, invaded the mainland Italy landing at Salerno September 1943 and at Anzio in January 1944.
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- Anonymous6 months ago
That is not correct. There were several operations against the Italians and Germans including the destruction of the Abbey at Monte Cassino as the Allies pressed on to Rome.
- Ted KLv 76 months ago
Last I heard, Sicily and Italy were both part of Europe.
- Tim DLv 76 months ago
There were 50 US Rangers at the Dieppe Raid in August 1942.
Six killed, seven wounded and four captured.
- FuhrLv 66 months ago
I guess you've never heard of Italy. The schools and genetics have failed us, once again.
- TB12Lv 76 months ago
I'm guessing you've never heard of the North African campaign,,, or the Italian campaign,,,
What are they teaching in schools these days.